The Adentan Circuit Court on January 18, 2022, called for the arrest of the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mark Okraku-Mantey.
According to the court, the issuance of the arrest warrant on the deputy Minister was based on his failure together with his lawyer to appear before it on the scheduled date to continue the completion of a land case between him and his complainant.
However, his lawyer sought permission from the court on his behalf.
Mr. Mark Okraku-Mantey, according to prosecution, has been charged for allegedly violating Section 7 (1) and (2) of the Vigilantism and Related Offences Act for forcibly gaining access to a land owned by a man, Alhaji Tony Baba.
The Prosecutor, Superintendent of Police (SP) Patience Mario, has however prayed the court to issue a bench warrant for his arrest whiles Presiding Judge Sedinam Awo Balokah, has also issued the warrant and the case has since been adjourned to Tuesday, 8 February 2022.
In March 2021, the deputy Minister visited the site with three “thugs” with two of them on a motorbike while the other was in the Minister’s vehicle.
According to the prosecution, on Wednesday, 3 March, the Minister again visited the site for a few hours after which the “thugs” who had accompanied him on the previous visit went back to the site to attack the workers and caused damage to parts of the building which the complainant later reported the matter to the police.